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Almost every style is timeless. That might be a bold statement to make, but most of the time, it isn’t what you’re wearing, but how you wear it. Every year, looks we thought we had done away with make a comeback, giving designers new ways of incorporating them back into the mainstream—and 2020 was no exception!
Although the Covid pandemic made it impossible to show off looks in person, it didn’t stop vintage fashion from thriving. Vintage influencers are more popular than ever, vintage shopping is being embraced for its sustainability, comfort and individuality, and the popularity of era-based content like “The Queen’s Gambit” have caused even the most secular shopper to embrace the pre-2000s fare. But even if true vintage shopping is sustainable, there are many fast fashion brands who are cashing in on these popular trends, making it hard to distinguish the real from the fake. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of 2020’s most popular vintage styles, the tried-and-true vintage shops where you can find them, and the ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ rated sustainable brands for when you want something a bit more vintage “inspired”.
High waisted jeans
It goes without saying that high-rise denim is a classic! Becoming common in 70s fashion, this style has been a staple for its comfortability, versatility, and ability to work with a variety of body types. No wardrobe is complete without a pair of these old faithfuls, and if you want a pair as classic as the look itself, Levi’s Second Hand is your go-to site. Not only does it allow you to buy vintage Levi’s, and rock the “original jean,” but you’re also able to sell any Levi’s you’ve been meaning to discard. Levi’s themselves might only have an ‘It’s A Start’ rating, but they have dedicated themselves to reducing the fabric waste of their product. However, if a fresh pair of jeans is what you’re looking for, Nudie Jeans is a slow denim brand you can trust, with all of your favourite cuts like this classic high waisted pair made from organic cotton.